Jane and I went shopping the other day and saw some super adorable skirts. She loves skirts and dresses because, if you wear a skirt or a dress, you are a princess. Sound logic. Last winter when my husband donned his kilt for his office holiday party Jane just about died of excitement. She gushed and got a huge grin on her face. "Oh Daddy! You're a princess!"
I didn't buy the skirts for Jane though. I had a bout of the "I can make that myself" and it turns out, I can! It is an easy skirt to make. You can whip up a few in an afternoon and, my favorite part, you only need a fat quarter worth of fabric! Not kidding; a fat quarter.
Fat Quarter Skirt Tutorial: Will fit waists from 18" to 26"
What you need:
Fat quarter of fabric
3/4" to 1 1/2" wide elastic (I'm a "use what you already have" kind of stitcher.)
I know I have at least a few non-sewing readers and some that are just learning to sew. So, what is a fat quarter? Quilting cotton is typically 44" (give or take) wide. It is folded in half and wrapped onto bolts to the be shipped to stores. There you measure it by the yard to buy it. If you were to go and buy a quarter of a yard of fabric, once you opened the fold, you would have a strip of fabric that is 9" (36" divided by four) by 44" long. It's a long, narrow piece of fabric.
To make a fat quarter, you cut the bolted fabric first into a half yard piece (18" x 44") then you cut that piece again in half where the fabric was originally folded on the bolt. This leaves you with a piece of fabric that is 18" by 22". It is still a quarter of the fabric you would have had if you had bought a full yard of fabric, but it is wider and squatter than a true quarter of a yard; hence it's name, the fat quarter.
Most quilting and fabric shops have pre-cut fat quarters ahead of time, or even sell them in bundles. It is a great way to buy fabrics and start up a fabric collection if you are going to quilt or make smaller sized projects. They typically cost anywhere from 99 cents up to $3. Plus, fat quarters take up less storage space and are easier to hide from husbands when you've been out shopping. Not that I do that. At all. Okay, I love fat quarters.
Okay, let's begin.
Press your fat quarter of fabric with an iron on it's hottest setting to remove all fold lines. At your cutting table, fold your fat quarter in half so that it is 18" wide and 11" tall, then cut along this fold line. You should now have 2 pieces of fabric that are 18" by 11". Place these two pieces of fabric on top of each other with the 'wrong' sides face each other.
As you sew around your waist band you will see the skirt fabric gather up on the sections you have stopped stretching out. Once you get back to your beginning point, back tack a few stitches. You want to sew a straight stitch into elastic as it is stretched out. If you sew a line of stitching into relaxed elastic, you would either not be able to stretch it out, or when you did stretch it, you would break the threads in your stitching. Sewing your waistband on like this also creates a pretty little gathered ruffle along your waistband.
Made with Moxie Flickr group.